Jester, Lewis A., Park

Camping at Jester, Lewis A., Park

Camp along the shore of Saylorville Lake

Jester Park features 168 campsites spread across wooded hills and along the shore of Saylorville Lake. These include 80 electric sites (17 of these allow advance reservation), 82 non-electric sites (9 of these allow advance reservation), four primitive walk-in sites, and two reservable youth areas. Of the primitive sites, 20 are compatible with equestrian users within the park, and layovers can be arranged with Jester Park Stables. Contact the Jester Park Equestrian Center for layover information at 515-999-2818.

Two campground showerhouses are open mid-April through mid-October. A special discounted rate is available for a 7-day camping stay on non-reservable sites. More information about camping is available on our website at www.leadingyououtdoors.org

Campers should set up at their campsite before registering at the campground registration booth located one mile from the park entrance. Some campsites cannot be reserved in advance. Firewood is available near the registration booth.

A youth camping area is available by reservation only. 

Reservations can be made for some campsites using this website. 

Hours

Park Hours
During day light savings time 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. 
Sunrise to sunset the rest of the year.

Online reservations can be made for some campsites. Online reservations are available for camping between April 15 and October 15. Campground shower houses are open mid-April through mid-October. All sites are first come first serve from October 16 through November 30 and April 1 through April 14. Campgrounds are closed from December 1 - March 31 (except to walk-in tent camping, which is allowed year-round).

Fees

See individual campsite descriptions for current camping rate. A discounted 7-day rate applies to non-reservable (first come first serve) sites.  Discounted senior rates apply only to non-reservable (first come first serve) sites only. 

Rentals
Want to try camping, but don't have your own gear? Pingora Outdoors, at the Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Center has you covered. Rent tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, stoves, and backpacks. For more information call Pingora Outdoors at Jester Park (515) 323-5330 or visit their website.